The Park at Fourteenth

Park at Fourteenth

The Park at Fourteenth is a relatively new venue located (surprise) down on 14th between I and K across from Franklin Square. Josephine’s and the Park at Fourteenth popped about the same time and although they both want to be the new hot club in DC they are taking very different tacts to get there. While Josephine’s attempts to create more of an air of exclusivity, the Park at Fourteenth definitely has a wider door policy. Consequently you might get more meat and chicken heads (does anyone use this term any longer) but at the same time you also engender more good will.

Cost – $$

Service – B+
I’ve never seen a place that creates more controversy because of its door policy than Josephine’s. Many of the people I’ve talked to bring up the Park at Fourteenth as an antithetical representation of what a club should do at the door – which is let people in. Now I’m not going to debate the relative merit of an open versus closed door approach but I’ll just say that personally I have tended to have an easier time at the door at the Park. The service inside the club is also pretty good.

Food – ?

Decor – C
This is where the Park at Fourteenth falls short. In my opinion, there wasn’t much thought put into the general decor of the place. There is nothing in the general decor of the venue that would suggest it was any different than any other cheesy waterfront club like Love.

Feel – C-
As much as I’d like to put this place up on a pedestal I simply don’t get it. I think the main reason people are getting behind this place is because it is new and they let people in. My two cents is that it is a little tacky. I honestly felt like it had a mega-club feel in an area of DC (K Street) that is a little more sophisticated. Think of the venue as MCCXXIII except in a different part of town.

The Park at Fourteenth is located at 920 14th St NW.

What’s the Buzz:

March 12, 2008 – Review: The Park at Fourteenth (Ginger) – Two thumbs DOWN. I should probably elaborate, even though I don’t really feel like it and just want you to take my word for it. But anyway, here goes…Full article…

December 4, 2007 – The Park at Fourteenth (DCfabulous) – Everyone knows a Saturday night doesn’t end at dinner, so after cocktails at Westend Bistro and rounds of champagne at Hudson, my group of ladies headed to the newly opened Park on Fourteenth. Arriving around 11pm, there was a huge crowd of people standing outside the bar trying to find a way in, but being in a small groups of girls must be the golden ticket because the velvet rope was immediately moved aside for us. Full Article…

5 Responses to “The Park at Fourteenth”

  1. TAI April 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Well, someone told Caron Butler The Park @ 14th was good enough for his birthday party hosted by promiscuous pseudo celebrities, Kim Kardashian and Carmen Electra.

    This YouTube of the party shows some scenes from the inside.

    Never been to the place myself….but have seen the line plenty of times. If you’re a guy and want to get in…give Eliot Spitzer’s girls a call. They’ll be glad to vouch for you.

  2. Brooke August 9, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    overrated. Bad drinks. What else do you expect from Marc barnes

  3. sweetspring October 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    jiyan is right. The service was pretty good and the people – patrons and staff – were surprisingly friendly considering the air of pseudo-pretentiousness at the door. We’re going in for dinner, is there really a need to have us wait behind the velvet rope until you find our names on the list? And then when the powerful guardians of the door did let us in, we had to do the same with the receptionist.

    Fortunately, once past that little scene, we felt quite comfortable and welcome. But i find humor in these cultural rituals of the city – others may not have the patience.

    Food was…passable

  4. martha December 1, 2008 at 4:53 am #

    If you like super-pretentious place, then perhaps The Park is your kind of place. Way too many babies (average age was about 21). Prefer more sophisticated places!

  5. 2Fresh2care December 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    I went to the park last weekend and had a great time. I enjoyed the music from both DJs but preferred to stay on the second floor since the third and 4th were a bit crowded. Drink price was average for K St and it was a better crowd than I expected. I will most definitely return and bring friends.

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